Wendy, Community Health Worker
Did you know there are 35,000 Health Care Assistants in BC? October 18th, 2019 marks Health Care Assistant (HCA) Day in BC, and we're recognizing our hardworking Health Care Assistants, including Care Aides and Community Health Workers across VCH.
Community Health Worker (CHW), Wendy specializes in palliative care and enjoys her role supporting clients in their homes. She finds it both rewarding and a privilege to be with someone at the end of life. Wendy was first inspired to work in health care after her mom passed away from ovarian cancer 10 years ago. After spending many hours with her in palliative care, she decided she wanted to contribute to health care and went back to school to become a CHW.
Nine years later, Wendy is happy to continue her career with VCH. She feels supported in her role, and well equipped to support clients in the Community. She recalls one instance when a client needed a lift in their home, and it was something they worked on implementing immediately. This ensured the client could remain at home and maneuver safely.
Wendy values the importance of continuing education. She takes the opportunity to attend workshops and applies what she learns to her everyday work. “The information I learn at workshops is helpful in the client approach and the care we provide."
At VCH, HCA's support diverse clients across a variety of sites and communities. To learn more about the HCA career opportunities at VCH – visit: careers.vch.ca